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Necessity is the Mother of Invention

❝...let us begin and create in idea a State; and yet a true creator is necessity, which is the mother of our invention.❞ Plato, The Republic, Book II, 369 c


Originally stated by Plato, the English proverb
necessity is the mother of invention is something that one can say in order to express the idea that when people really need or want to do something, they will find a way to do it. For example:

The invention of the wheel is one of the best examples of
necessity is the mother of invention.
When Samuel was a child, his parents didn’t have enough money to buy him toys, so he made his own with wire.
Necessity is the mother of invention.

While the English saying
necessity is the mother of invention is often linked to revolutionary inventions like the wheel, the steam engine or the telephone, it also can be applied to the ordinary solutions to daily problems, past and present. The following Parks Victoria /Australian Centre for the Moving Image video shows the beauty in ordinary objects that were created out of necessity:



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